I am a 30-year-old writer, editor, educator, and entrepreneur based in Denver, Colorado. I've lived all over the U.S. in cities like Pittsburgh and San Francisco to small towns like Laramie, Wyoming. As a child, I grew up in Tokyo, Japan and traveled throughout Asia. 

I value sincerity and generally dislike small talk. I believe in my old-school Filofax planner, writing to music, and the Oxford comma.

Before I started freelancing full-time, I worked in higher education, museums, and libraries. To date, I have held over thirty different jobs from gas station night attendant to Assistant Director of Admissions at Carnegie Mellon University.

Editors at GOOD magazine, Crixeo, College Xpress, Overture, Author, and Artrepreneur have published my articles, reported features, interviews, and profiles.

My specialization in long-form narratives and essays can be seen in popular online magazines such as Ravishly and Crixeo as well as respected literary journals like The Citron Review, Mikrokosmos/Mojo, Eastern Iowa Review, and (soon) Crab Orchard Review. The Best American Essays of 2018 book recently named my work as a Notable Essay. 

Assignments have led me to tech conventions in Las Vegas, an island of penguins in Melbourne, and the Palace of Versailles in Paris.

I was longlisted for the Alpine Fellowship in Venice, Italy's 2018 "Childhood" theme and a finalist for the 2016 Barbara Deming Memorial Fund Money for Women in Fiction. The Wyoming Arts Council awarded me a Professional Development Grant for Individual Artists in 2017.

I am currently working on my first novel, a speculative dual-narrative feminist story and a book-length linked memoir project about my childhood in Tokyo. My humorous chapbook of poetry about Paris, France is complete and looking for a small press home. After leaving the tumbleweeds of Wyoming behind, I am enjoying exploring Denver's many trails and parks with my fiance and my two dogs. 

Feel free to contact me @ sizemore.jackie [at] gmail [dot] com

CV Highlights

Boise State University, Master of Fine Arts in Creative Writing (Fiction), May 2016

Carnegie Mellon University, B.A. Creative Writing and Social & Cultural History, May 2010.
Minor: Photography

University Teaching Experience
Laramie County Community College (Albany Campus) in Laramie, WY
Adjunct English Instructor

Boise State University in Boise, ID.
Graduate TA English Instructor: First Year Writing, Intro to Fiction
Selected for Center for Teaching & Learning Summer Course Design Institute, 2014

Boise State University Writing Center in Boise, ID.
Graduate Assistant
Completed collaborative Institutional Training Initiative for IRB (Human Subjects), 2014.

Editorial Experience
The Idaho Review Literary Journal at Boise State University in Boise, ID. Intern, Editorial staff. August 2013-December 2013, and January 2015-May 2015.

Carnegie Mellon University Press, at Carnegie Mellon University in Pittsburgh, PA.
Reader, Assistant to Gerald Costanzo (Director of Press). August 2008-December 2009.

Judging/Competition Reading
Scholastic Writing Awards, State of Idaho, Science Fiction & Fantasy category, 2018 season.

International Literary Awards (by Salem College Center for Women Writers) Reader for Fiction Category, 2018

Scholastic Writing Awards, State of Idaho, Flash Fiction category, 2017 season.

Boise State President’s Writing Awards, Fiction and Research Essay categories, 2014-16

Other Teaching Experience
Laramie Community College Life Enrichment program, in Cheyenne, WY
Science Fiction & Fantasy course

Mentors Cloud Camps, in Boise, ID
Teacher & Curriculum creator: Personal Essay camp, College Essay camp.

Conferences (presented at)
National Conference on Peer Tutoring in Writing Conference, Salt Lake City 2015
“Cool Story: Challenges of Tutoring Fiction at Boise State University’s Writing Center”
Paper that explores BSU’s Writing Center’s preparedness for working with creative writing, conducted interviews with current consultants resulting in qualitative and quantitative findings. 

National Conference on Peer Tutoring in Writing Conference, Salt Lake City 2015
Brown, Hansen, Jones, May, and Jackie Sizemore
“Social Justice in the Writing Center: Training Tutors to Combat Social Oppression(s)”
An interactive workshop for administrators and consultants to begin creating a social justice training program, or social justice aspect of their current training program for their center.  

Administrative Experience
University of Wyoming Office of Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion
Office Assistant, February–August 2017
Prepared training materials, edited written materials, researched peer universities and served as a secondary witness to EORR interviews.
Reviewed and provided feedback on job applicant matrixes, mandatory reports.
Designed & managed new Employment Practices and Diversity websites using new university CSS templates

Carnegie Mellon University Undergraduate Admissions in Pittsburgh, PA
Assistant Director of Admission, Special Populations Team, August 2010-May 2012
Lead coordinator Celebration of Diversity weekend, a fly-in program for high school seniors.
Read applications for undergraduate and transfer applicants, financial aid, info sessions.
Assisted in reaching record 14% underrepresented students for Class of 2015.